After prestigious stints on the Miami, San Fran and Toronto culinary scenes, Chef Hector settled in Vancouver at Hawksworth as Senior Sous Chef before taking the helm at Botanist. Under his direction, Botanist has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Restaurants, listed on the World’s 50 Best Discovery list, and a CAA/AAA Four Diamond restaurant.
Originally hailing from Paris, France, this globetrotter has been in the hospitality industry for over a decade, working alongside internationally celebrated chefs including Jean Georges, Nobu Matsuhisa and Justin Quek. When he is not leading the service team an the restaurant, you can find him out on the golf course or volunteering at a local shoreline cleanup. Heads up, he has a black belt in jiu-jitsu.
All it took was a culinary trip to Italy and France for Jayden’s career aspirations to solidify. Under the Tuscan sun, he fell in love with the craft and has since flourished on the Culinary Olympic and competition circuit. His last stint at Hawksworth has set him up to propel Botanist onto Vancouver’s vibrant cooking scene.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Tushar pursued an education in hospitality before jumping into a culinary career after an apprenticeship in California. As Chef Hector’s right hand man, he brings his passion for cooking and positive energy into the kitchen. During his days off, this avid fitness enthusiast can be found running around the seawall or getting lost in the local mountains.
With a background in film and the theatre arts, Mya now blends her love for the contemporary arts with food and wine. With over a decade of experience in hospitality, having worked at Michelin Star establishments across the UK, Mya joins Fairmont Pacific Rim as the Wine Director overseeing the entire wine program at Botanist.
This Aussie hailing from Melbourne is a kingpin of the global cocktail scene. Named World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year in 2014, his cocktailing has taken him everywhere from South Africa to Amsterdam. When not catching waves or shaking things up abroad, he’s taking the Pac Rim beverage program to incredible new heights.
A born-and-raised Calgarian, Jeff Savage is a self-taught historian of spirits. He brings the tastes from his global travels and mixes up unexpected flavour combinations. Savage was most recently named as a national finalist in the Diageo World Class and Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative bartender. With a love for the mountains and nature, it is no surprise Jeff has set his roots at Botanist.
Originally from Hong Kong, Toby pursued an education in hospitality at the Dubrulle Culinary Arts Institute in Vancouver. A jack of all trades, Toby has worked in all areas of the restaurant, from the back-of-house to the front-of-house, where he now resides as Botanist’s Restaurant Manager. During his time off, find him at a local brewery or spending time with his French Bulldog, Truffle.